The Land of Fairy Chimneys

Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
Trip End Jan 28, 2013

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Canyon View Hotel Goreme
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Friday, May 11, 2012

We finished off our Turkish trip with 4-days of exploring the change of country side at Cappadocia. Famed for its weird landscape of Fairy Chimneys and a place that Glen loved while visiting Turkey 15yrs ago, he just had to come back and take me there.
After yet another overnight bus ride and being let off 8km from town with the promise of a 'connecting bus' that never arrived we decided to trust the local tout to drop us off in town... sometimes you can trust a tout without even signing up for his tour!
This time it was my turn to scout the town for accommodation… having heard about hotels in caves, I headed for the hills and fairy chimneys to find ourselves a cave to bunk down in for a few days. After seeing a few musty ones for a hefty price I was starting to feel a bit disheartened, with time ticking away as we wanted to do a 9.30am tour of the area I rashly decided on a place without seeing the room… instinctively I thought it would be a gem but after 9hours of touring the country-side I was starting to have second thoughts… We arrived back at our cave that was now ready for us and what a gem it was, it even had a spa!

Goreme was just mindblowing, cities built underground that linked together via 9km tunnels and consisted of; kitchens, stables, churches for 2,000 people. Also there were monasteries cut into hill-side caves and fairy chimneys full of carved holes to house pigeons whereby the poop is collected for fertiliser.

Glen got the motorbike itch again and we hired one for the day to explore the country-side and set off to see a caravansary, a roadside inn where travellers could rest and recover from the day's journey, along with fort carved out of the hillside at Uchisar. All in all a short and sweet blog entry to give you a taste of some of the amazing places that we are seeing!  

And for those of you that may be thinking… did we manage to exit the country without buying a Turkish rug, well…. The answer is yes!

But…. We are now in Morocco and maybe perhaps we might be considering buying one, though the carpet sellers here are modern day pirates! Im sure that our experience will be a story in itself!
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